Lynne’s Retro Garlic Bread

Around the time I started the 6th grade an awful thing happened to me, and it continued to haunt me for the next 6 years.

That terrible, awful thing was this: my mom started making me go to church youth group on Sunday nights.

As a self-proclaimed Homebody and also Unpopular Girl, these evenings were exquisite torture.  [...]

Cardamom Turnip Au Gratin

One of the great things about growing turnips is just how easy they are.

Toss a handful of seed into your garden bed in late August, and by the time the bean stalks and winter squash vines have died off, the young turnips are already shooting up, broadening their purple shoulders.

Of course, the downside to this [...]

Things I Love #33

The particular glow of sunlight on marshgrass in the early morning.

And then again at midday.

And in late afternoon when the sun begins to set.

Banana Spice Smoothie

Sometimes, it just takes too much work to make a smoothie.

There are too many bags to take out of the freezer, too many containers to open and close, and too many ‘resealable’ packages that, in all honesty, are not really all that easy to reseal.

Which is why

White Beans with Garlic and Rosemary

I’ll be honest: I don’t know the difference between canellini beans and great northern beans.  They are both white, and probably different sizes.

And that is all I can tell you.

I can also tell you that I’ve never cooked either of those beans before, unless it was to mix them with pinto or red beans to [...]

We Need To Talk

Me: Petname, I need to talk with you about something.

MyGuy: Okay, Petname, what is it?

Me: Well, I found something today.

MyGuy:  What?

Me:  I wasn’t trying to snoop…

MyGuy:  What is it?

Me:  And I mean, it’s your house.  It’s probably none of my business.

MyGuy: What, Petname?  What?

Me:  I found this in the freezer today.

MyGuy: Oh, Moby!  My goldfish!

Me:  [...]

Best-Ever Trail Mix Recipe

Trail mix is one of those things you never think about making but yet, whenever you have it you think to yourself, “This is really good!  I should make some to keep on hand.”  But then you get distracted and forget about the trail mix until the next time it magically appears.

The wonderful thing about [...]

Things I love #59

I love the longleaf pine with its skinny bare brown branches that explode at the tips into puffy tufts of long green needles like a hand spread open wide and waving.

And I love the North Carolina state toast…

“Here’s to the land of the longleaf pine,
The summer land where the sun doth shine,
Where the weak grow [...]

Hot Dog Pizza Revisited

Let’s say that, due to a miscommunication, you accidentally intrude on Guys’ Night at Your Guy’s house.

And now, let’s say that they’ve been drinking for a couple hours and it’s getting late and they are hungry.

But not hungry for just anything.  No.

They do not want any quinoa cakes or salad or rice and beans.

They want [...]

Whole Wheat Walnut Bread Recipe

I have been meaning to write up this whole wheat bread recipe for a year.

One.  Whole.  Year.

Other things I’ve been meaning to do for over a year also include: Throwing out underwear that are 10+ years old (you know, the ones where the elastic is no longer elastic and/or that have holes and/or pictures of [...]